Finding Solitude

by Brandi Roberts

Idaho is a paradise for the adventurous, and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is Willi Cannell’s playground. Cannell, owner of Solitude River Trips, provides full service, all-inclusive fly fishing and rafting trips exclusively on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

People from all over the world are discovering the remote and rugged mountains and dynamic rivers of central Idaho. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River runs through the center of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. At 2.3 million acres, this is the largest roadless wilderness area in the lower 48 states. Known for its scenic beauty and crystal clear water, this river flows south to north over the span of 100 miles. Solitude River trips descend through 3,000 ft. of varying landscapes and ecosystems, from the subalpine forests to the desert canyonlands.

“I honestly believe that the more people to experience the Middle Fork, the better this world becomes.  I operate exclusively on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, which is a really special place for me and my guides and our guests.” Cannell also aims to provide the most comfortable, convenient, and unforgettable wilderness fly fishing and rafting experience in North America.

With over 100 miles of wilderness possibilities, Solitude River Trips offers a bit of something for every adventurer. Along the river, guests can learn secrets of the past through the Native American pictographs and through remains of old pioneer and hermit homesteads. Guests have the opportunity to hike, swim, and soak in the natural hot springs, and witness some spectacular waterfalls. Because the river is a natural magnet for wildlife, guests may get the opportunity to see otters, bald eagles, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, and other beautiful creatures.

The guides of Solitude River Trips have over 100 years combined experience on the Middle Fork. This depth of knowledge combined with their attention to detail ensures that every guest has a unique and unforgettable experience. The guides also handle all the gourmet cooking, cleaning, and camp set up; this is truly a first class adventure.

Solitude River Trips is the only Orvis-endorsed expedition on the Salmon River. National Geographic Society’s Adventure magazine chose them as one of the “Best Outfitters on Earth.”

What the guests are saying:

“The 6 days that I spent with you all was like nothing I have ever experienced. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is like no other place I have ever been. You and your crew made our time there so effortless and calm. I cannot thank you enough for that.”- Mark H., Texas

“If someone is looking for a truly premium fishing trip with the best of the best guides and an outfit run by people that really care then Solitude River Trips should be your first choice on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.”- Bill P., Washington

Deep in the heart of the Idaho backcountry is an opportunity for families and friends to connect on a deeper level, feel a renewed sense of freedom, and for finding solitude.

For more information contact Willi Cannell at 208.806.1218 or








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